Monday, June 21

Disciple Bible Study: Week 12, Reading 3

I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings.  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading.

Week 12 Theme:  God Punishes the People

Readings: Isaiah 51-53


  • 51:6 – G*d is inviting us to get up to the balcony view of life.  So important to examine things by taking a step back.
  • 51:20 – sad that the children are the ones that are in trouble
  • 51:22 – but it's over!  Hallelujah!
  • 52:8-10 – beautiful vision. Reminds me of the song "the Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music."
  • 53:4-6 – atonement theology in spades.  Israel is the one that must pay the price to reconcile the people to G*d.
  • 53:9 – really?  no violence and no deceit?  Moses, Israel, Jerusalem?  Who are we talking about?  Moses and Israel/Jerusalem are all guilty of violence, at least.

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